by Shelton Bumgarner
I really like Taylor Swift’s latest song. But while I won’t call it derivative, I will suggest that it’s heavily influenced by two other songs.
One of the songs is Lily Allen’s “Straight To Hell.”
The other song is Deniece Williams’ “Let’s Hear It For the Boy.”
Swift’s song has been slowed down, however. So it’s not a one-to-one. But if you listen carefully to the background music, the “wall of sound” if you will, you can definitely hear the Allen song floating around.
Now, when it comes to Williams’ song, I think the producer of Swift’s song simply wanted to evoke the feel, the vibe of that song. But that sound was all over the place in 80s music so hearing it in Swift song is kind of driving me crazy.
Thus Swift’s song is a mixture of this song slowed down a lot:
And a big chunk of the sound of this song used as something as both a tone setter and a “cover” for the use of Allen’s song.
Both those two songs together, throw in some awkward modern lyrics about haters and…ta-da!